Football FanCast Steven Woodgate reacts to Alan Pardew leaving Charlton Athletic and the possible
circumstances that may have caused it.
For a first time in a long while Alan Pardew will get to eat
his Christmas Turkey stress free as he and Charlton Athletic have parted
company by "mutual consent".
Following Charlton's 5-2 defeat by Sheffield United at The
Valley, the Addicks had no other choice but to relief Pardew off his duties as
they plunged into the relegation zone. Phil Parkinson looks likely to be in
temporary charge for the game against Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday, as more
than 300 fans protested against Pardew's position.
The ex-West Ham manager took over from Les Reed nearly two
years ago but could not help Charlton from avoiding the drop that season.
Now in the Championship, Pardew has struggled to rekindle
any of the form that saw them finish well last term. They narrowly finished in
ninth place, on the brink of a play off place.
This current season they have lost 10 games already and it
was no surprise that Pardew left and the club would be pleased to see the back
of his high wages. The club's finances have struggled to come to terms without
the Premier League money as the position they find themselves in is concerning,
relegation would pretty much destroy the infrastructure of the club and send
them into further financial trouble.
The major fact to Pardew's dismissal was the 31 goals leaked
in just 18 games, the defence simply were not playing their part. The 21 goal
in return is also not good enough. The whole round team performances have been
Andy Gray has been the only notable player this term scoring
six goals, as his closest rival has been midfielder Nick Bailey who has chipped
in with three.
Luke Varney, who Pardew paid an astonishing £2 million for,
has not made the impact he should have. The two goals he has scored from the 16
games he has played this season have been pitiful. He was signed from Crewe
Alexandra where he was not the most prolific, so it seemed that Pardew spent
most of his budget on a player that did not guarantee goals.
That was probably the beginning of his downfall. It got
considerably worse after that.
The speculation regarding the foreign ownership of the
Addicks was altogether distracting with regards to the clubs financial
vulnerability. This did not allow Pardew to improve his much depleted squad.
Charlton received an indicative offer from a Dubai-based
diversified investment company but that eventually fell through. The club is
heading into dire straits and Pardew had to go, he had lost the dressing room
and new blood is required immediately to save them from going under.
It would seem that there is a ready made replacement out
there to save them free falling further down the divisions, fans favourite Alan
A return might be unlikely but a manager that knows the club
and can work within a shoe string budget is required.